It’s about people. Helping the best Part 91 aviation organizations hire the best in business aviation for 50 years.
Business Aviation Recruiting
See how we get you "top-of-the-class" candidates
Let API partner with your HR team to help you select from the best.
Stay focused on your department rather doing administrative work and weeding through a universe of applicants.
Get involved only after we vet the best of the best and arrange all final interviews.
Select from only high-quality hard-to-find, passive jobseekers who make a great cultural match.
Let's hire your next aviation professional
The Resource for professionals
C-suite executives, talent search professionals and aviation leaders rely on us for our proven ability to match top-caliber aviation professionals with the jobs at hand.
With 50 years in business aviation recruiting, we are the most experienced talent search firm in the industry. API is the respected, go-to trusted advisor and thought leader on all things related to aviation human capital, including diversity, compensation, and attraction and retention strategies.
Working with API
Attract and retain high-performing business aviation professionals that are a cultural “add” to your organization.
Build a team to help protect the safety, security and privacy of your executives and/or high-net-worth travelers.
Hire staff that understand how to deliver value and use your private aircraft to grow your business.
We’ll present aviation professionals at the top of their game—who are the currently employed, pre-vetted, needle-in-the-haystack candidates. These are quality professionals who likely are not available via word-of-mouth referrals and applying to online job ads.
Through our in-depth interview process, we uncover each candidate’s background, attitude, work ethic and career goals. We also assess demeanor and professional presentation as well as business, leadership and aviation skills—information not gleaned from resume reviews and phone screens.
As your recruiting partner, we’ll align with your aviation leadership and executives to understand your culture, values, expectations, compensation, schedule and special circumstances that best meet your staffing needs.
You’ll only be introduced to top-tier candidates who are prepared, interview-ready and committed to accepting an offer. They’ll have the right technical skills and, more importantly, be synergistic with your team’s values and culture.
API meets on site with Client to determine cultural, technical and experiential needs.
API documents goals, culture, values and strategic selection requirements.
API search begins based on technical and cultural needs. Conducts interviews and assessments.
API introduces Client to a slate of top candidates via interactive web presentation.
Client interviews top candidates. Client and API debrief candidates’ strengths and opportunities. API debriefs with candidates.
Client extends offer and readies candidate onboarding plan and possible relocation.
"Given the opportunity to hire in the future, I would most certainly use API."
Having flown for several large departments, I learned early on that when the staff could count on certain predictable levels of stability it created a much more productive and focused working environment for the flight department. API was able to bring this to my former department and we thrived for many years after working with them. Given the opportunity to hire in the future, I would most certainly use API.
"API knocked it out of the park… they really nailed the cultural fit"
API really knocked it out of the park for our flight department. I don't know how they do it, but they really nailed the cultural fit. We retained API to fill one pilot position. They presented three stellar candidates and in the end, we decided to hire all three. Our team is thrilled with the level of talent that API presented, but more importantly, impressed with how every single candidate fit within our department's culture. Having hired talent on my own in the past, I recognize how incredibly challenging this can be. API was flawless in their delivery and very professional and pleasant to work with.
"It is a pleasure to work with (API). They are smart, intuitive and totally professional."
API has an unmatched and in-depth knowledge of the industry and continually present 'top of the class' candidates. They have a deep knowledge of the business and maintain exceptional client relations by making sure that the fit is right for both the individual and our company regardless of the complexity of the search or the length of time. It is a pleasure to work with them. They are smart, intuitive and totally professional.
"API helped us build an excellent team that has exceeded expectations."
[The team] at API were tremendous partners as we staffed an entire flight department from scratch. We had extremely strict requirements and a very tight time frame to work within, and a limited network from which to pull candidates, given that we were recruiting in a new location. They provided high-quality candidates and helped us build an excellent team that has exceeded expectations.
"API’s support, knowledge and skills were invaluable to our entire team"
There was comfort knowing that the API team was well versed in the outplacement process. They were counselors, psychiatrists, mentors, and friends. Their support, knowledge and skills were invaluable to our entire team. As a participant, the structural and emotional support was outstanding—from writing resumes to guiding our self-discovery and soul searching.
"(API) thoroughly knows their industry, the marketplace and the intricacies of the outplacement arena. A perfect combination!"
I'm a big supporter of outplacement services for people impacted by downsizing, and was worried about using an organization that might not have any experience or knowledge of this industry. Thankfully I was introduced to API. This is an organization that thoroughly knows their industry, the marketplace and the intricacies of the outplacement arena. A perfect combination!
"API's outplacement assistance was invaluable."
As our organization faced impending closure, we looked to API to act as the guiding hand for our members during their transition. API was ready immediately to provide the advice needed as our team faced the challenge of redirecting their careers. It's hard to put a price tag on that, but I can tell you that API's assistance—both in the early days and over the course of several months—was invaluable.
"We had a challenging hire in terms of finding the right candidates which is why we engaged API."
We had a challenging hire in terms of finding the right pool of candidates with such a broad and diverse background, which is why we engaged API.
"Partnering with API was an investment in our future."
Of the many strategic decisions we’ve made over the years, using a recruiter like API has had one of the biggest impacts on our operation. Partnering with API was an investment in our future. We don't just hire pilots, we look for people who have the potential to become future leaders. API understood that.
"API took the time to understand our needs and, most importantly, the candidate fit with our corporate culture."
We greatly appreciate API’s help finding a Director of Aviation. They are very well-connected in the business aviation industry, highly professional and produced a slate of high-quality candidates within the requested timeframe. API took the time to understand our needs and, most importantly, the candidate fit with our corporate culture. We are very pleased with the results.
"We have exclusively hired API candidates to fill all of our pilot positions."
We’ve consulted with API for over 20 years, and have exclusively hired API candidates to fill all of our pilot positions. Their careful matching of candidate-to-employer has only one drawback: it makes for a very difficult decision. I cannot foresee filling a future pilot vacancy any other way.
"My focus has never been on the latest hiring practices... API makes this their focus"
I would recommend API because, while working as a professional in the aviation industry, my focus has never been on what’s the latest hiring practices companies are using today. API makes this their focus.
"The individual we hired is an extremely strong fit and we're very pleased the final result."
This was the first time in 15 years we outsourced to a recruiting company, and I was a skeptical that the team could get a sense of our cultural needs in our initial half-day meeting. API really understood our need for strict confidentiality, the unique job requirements, our owners' preferences and the very small niche in which to find talent. The individual we hired is an extremely strong fit and we're very pleased with the entire API process, and especially the final result. The entire team did a great job.